Welcome to my blog, Making All Things New. I’m really glad you’re here! Through your visits here, I hope you will come to realize that God has a plan for you, body, mind and spirit.
Amazing transformations are not only possible, they’re probable, if trust that God wants to making something new with you.
That’s what’s happened to me, and it can be the same for you! My hope and prayer is that Making All Things New will be your roadmap to the transformation that’s waiting for you. Enjoy!
“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” - Abraham Lincoln
My name is Paul Gallagher, and I’m the writer here. Originally from California, Maryland has been my home for the last twenty years.
I’m the youngest of eight children, and after my father died when I was about a year old, we were raised by our mom. To this day, I still don’t know how she kept it together.
I moved to Maryland to attend Johns Hopkins, where I earned a Master’s Degree in Business. In subsequent years I also earned a Master’s degree in Theology. In addition to my blogging, I work for a large suburban church, where I coordinate faith formation for children and adults. I’m also a Master Gardener, and love to spend time in my little Eden known as a backyard.
So, what led me to start Making All Things New? In April of 2009, I had a doctor’s appointment that changed my life (for the better). I went to see him the week before because I was having a back problem, and I mentioned that it had been a long time since I had my blood work done.
A couple of years earlier, I had been diagnosed with a thyroid problem, which seems to hit members of my family in their early forties. Anyway, he sent me off to get my blood drawn, and afterwards, I pretty much forgot about it.
I was surprised when he called me on a late Friday afternoon and left a message telling me to contact him first thing Monday morning. When I got back to him, he told me he needed to see me because there were some issues with my test results. What kind of issues, I asked.
First, the dosage of my thyroid medicine was way too low. He asked me why I hadn’t been getting that checked on a regular basis. I responded that no one had ever told me I needed to. Big mistake.
Second, the results showed that I had developed Type II diabetes. Even though my mom had this disease, she has done a great job and keeping on top of it and it never seemed like that big of a problem. Not so.
When I finally got in to see him later that week, I got the details. My diabetes had been detected early, and my glucose levels, while in the diabetic range, weren’t that bad. He wrote me a prescription and sent me to a diabetic education center at our local hospital. I’m sure they mean to scare you at these kinds of places, and I can assure you they were very successful that day.
They told me about not being able to eat my favorite foods any more, of a slow progression of one pill after another, heart disease, kidney failure, and sawed off limbs. Nice life, if you last that long. As I stumbled out of my first diabetic training session, I could hardly breathe. I had to do something.
Because I consider myself a pretty prayerful person, I turned to God. The day after my meeting at the hospital, I headed to a place called the Grotto in Emmitsburg, about thirty minutes from home. It’s where I run when I’m struggling with something serious.
After a push and pull kind of conversation with God, I felt like I had some answers. No instant cure was coming my way. Instead, I was going to become a better person because of this chronic disease. I needed to get myself together, body, mind and spirit.
In the past, I emphasized one over another rather than consistently working on all three. That had to change, and it was going to start with the body component of who I am.
When I returned home, I put on some shorts, my running shoes, and began walking about forty-five minutes a day. I’ve been walking/running pretty much every day since.
Lastly, I got back into a consistent rhythm of prayer that I should have been faithful to but hadn’t been. Through friends, I learned about a style of praying based upon the writings of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
When I got these things into place, my whole life started to change. Within a year, I had lost 65 pounds, my blood glucose levels are perfectly normal and well below diabetic levels, and my relationship with God is better than ever. With His help, I was able to turn my biggest challenge into my greatest strength. I know with all my heart it can be that way for you too.
I could go on and on, but that’s it in a nutshell. My goal in creating this blog is to tell my story, with the hope that maybe people who desperately need some help, encouragement and guidance will find it here.
My life has been transformed through dealing with a serious issue. We all face them from time to time. Serious issues are a part of all our lives, especially now in these tough times.
My hope is that we could help each other move through our challenges, and be transformed into the people we are meant to be.
Hi! My name is Paul Gallagher, and I want to welcome you to my blog, Making All Things New. I’m glad you’re here!
The name of my blog comes straight from the Bible. In Isaiah 43:19, God says to the prophet, See I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? Later, in the Book of Revelation (21:5), the Lord says, Behold, I make all things new.
Through this blog, I want to share an amazing story. It’s a tale about how I, like so many in our contemporary American culture, are experiencing more and more health issues directly related to our lifestyle. I was lucky and corrected my problems early! But to overcome my issues, I had to make some radical decisions. Well, they were radical initially, but now they’re easy :)
Making All Things New focuses on three areas: Body, Mind, and Spirit. It chronicles my transformation from a diabetic, overweight couch potato into a fit, energetic, spiritually lively forty-something who reversed his diabetes and looks forward to the challenges that each new day brings.
The Key Theme that links everything together is Transformation. I define transformation as a profound and radical change that orients a person in a new direction and takes them to an entirely different style of living.
If you are looking for specific examples of what transformation means in practice, take a look through the archives on this blog.
Up until two years ago, I thought I was doing pretty well, but in reality is was out of balance and my body was hurting. When I began taking care of myself, physically, mentally, and spiritually, a life-changing transformation occurred. I want the same for you :)
Two summers ago, I was out for a walk in my neighborhood. I passed the house of one of my friends, and I saw she was out working in her garden. She came over and we began a conversation. She said, Paul, we see you out walking every day, rain or shine. What’s going on?
I told her that several months earlier, I had been diagnosed with Type II diabetes, and I was trying to do something about it. She responded, I was just diagnosed too. What are you doing specifically? I gave her my routine and she said she was going to give it a try. I wished her well and got back to my walk.
Fast forward four months. I was working in my office and my neighbor appeared at my door. She asked if she could come in. As she sat down, I could see here already tearing up. I asked her what was the matter.
She said, I took to heart what you said in the summer, and I started doing what you’ve been doing. Two days ago, I went to the doctor for a check up. He told me my blood tests came back so good that he was taking me off my diabetes medicine. Her tears were tears of joy!
Later that night, as I reflected on my friend’s visit, I realized that I could help a few people face to face, or I could help a lot of people through a broader platform. And that, my friends, is how Making All Things New came into being.
I want to help you too! I’ve come to realize that, no matter what issues we face, there is a way through them. Are you ready for your own transformation to begin?
Upcoming Events at Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center, Marriottsville, Maryland.
Jan. 19-21: Making All Things New
This Retreat will focus on providing you with tools to improve your health, deepen your faith, and enjoy life to the fullest
March 17, 9am-1pm: Prayer Walking
This morning will introduce participants to Prayer Walking, which aims to strengthen our bodies and our relationship with God. Please where comfortable shoes and clothing.
May 11-13: Ignatian Spirituality
This Retreat will focus on key practices of Ignatian Spirituality, including St. Ignatius' deep devotion to Mary, the Mother of Jesus.
Sept. 22, 9am-1pm: Ignatian Rules for Eating
Long before our present crisis of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity, St. Ignatius included some Rules for Eating in his Spiritual Exercises. Join us to learn what they are and how they might benefit you or someone you love.
Nov. 16-18: Making All Things New
This Retreat will focus on providing you with tools to improve your health, deepen your faith, and enjoy life to the fullest.
To learn more and register for any of these events, click here for Bon Secours website.